TheGunBlog.ca — In one of the rare cases in Canada where courts recognize a legal gun owner may have used firearms and ammunition in legitimate self-defence, a man who shot a home intruder won’t be charged with murder, CBC reported today, citing the prosecution.
No matter how much we think about personal defence and train our minds and bodies to respond to possible violence in daily life, we’ve got to remember that any attack will come as a surprise. Rob Pincus, who trains people to protect themselves with guns, suggests we think about defence as counter-ambush.
(Update 06 May 2018: Updated chart and notes. 20 May 2017: Added new info under Additions.)
More than 90,000 Canadians are authorized to carry loaded guns on their person in daily life, mainly for self-defence against human attackers. More than 90 percent are civilian police and law enforcement, or military. If they were all on duty at the same time, it would be equivalent to about 3 people carrying guns for every 1,000 adults.
Source: RCMP Gazette magazine. Photo Credit: Martin Racicot
People are often astonished that most police officers aren’t into shooting or guns, don’t train often with firearms and are lousy at marksmanship. But being armed and being skilled with your arm are completely different.
Canadian governments have tended to disarm law-abiding people and restrict or ban firearms, leaving us defenceless or gravely disadvantaged if attacked. Other countries want to help their citizens protect themselves and each other.
The Czech Republic plans a constitutional amendment this year to allow gun-carrying civilians to shoot terrorists, RT and Radio Prague reported today, citing Interior Minister Milan Chovanec.
People around the world are looking for better ways to defend themselves against violent criminals and terrorists since a man shot about 100 people at the Pulse nightclub in Orlando on June 12.
Below are comments about the civilian right to carry firearms by Libor Lochman, chief of the Czech Republic’s elite anti-terrorism unit, URN, from an interview published by Aktualne.cz on June 14. This excerpt was compiled from several online translating tools and its accuracy couldn’t be verified. (Version française via Arpac.eu.)
When we see how a single ill-equipped, untrained and unorganized person can create mayhem across a city and overwhelm police for hours, it’s scary to imagine the chaos that a well-equipped, well-trained and well-organized group could cause.
RCMP Standard Issue Smith & Wesson 5946 Service Pistol. Source: en.wikipedia.org
The RCMP requires its officers to train with firearms for half a day once a year beyond their basic instruction.
“They’re required to qualify every year,” Deputy Commissioner Janice Armstrong told journalists today in Moncton, New Brunswick. “They’ll spend half a day at the range qualifying every year.”
Emergency-response units practise with a variety of weapons, in addition to training in tactics, she said. Officers also have the option to shoot more often on their own or in competition, she said.
Proficiency with firearms is a small part of what is required to join the Royal Canadian Mounted Police. Recruits get 64 hours of training with a 9 mm pistol and 12 gauge shotgun, out of 785 hours total for the Cadet Training Program, according to the RCMP’s website.
“We’re looking to increase the number of opportunities for practice,” Armstrong said.
Armstrong made the comments today in answer to questions while presenting a review of a shooting in Moncton in June 2014, when Justin Bourque shot three officers dead and injured two others.
A man who used a firearm to protect himself against three burglars in his New Brunswick home could face more prison time than the intruders, the Edmonton Sun said, citing a police report.
On Dec. 19 while trying to defend himself from the home invaders, at least one of whom was armed, Michael Woodard, 68, shot one of them in the leg after having been assaulted with a weapon, the Sun said on its website on Jan. 13.
He has been charged with “discharging a firearm with intent and discharging a firearm in a reckless manner,” the newspaper said.
Two of the intruders were charged, and one is to appear in court on Feb. 3, according to the police report.
The charges against Woodard could result in the longest prison sentence, the Sun said.
AR-15 rifle with magazines. Photo: www.dreamstime.com
The biggest advantage school shooters have is time to carry out their killings without opposition, not the size of the cartridge magazines in their guns, according to research in Concealed Carry Magazine.